Manufacturer uses Phocas for production performance management
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Manufacturer uses Phocas for production performance management

CQR Security Limited is a British manufacturer, making equipment for the security intruder market such as cable and door contacts. Initially, the company deployed business intelligence to analyze its sales and get a better understanding of its top-performing products. The use of data has expanded dramatically for CQR, and it now takes a data-driven approach to production performance management, inventory management and component purchasing decisions — to find more ways to drive efficiencies.

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Topics: Case Study, Industry - Manufacturing, Job Role - Sales, Job Role - IT, Job Role - Executive, ERP - Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Job Role - Inventory/Operations, Inventory Management

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Manufacturer uses Phocas for production performance management

CQR Security Limited is a British manufacturer, making equipment for the security intruder market such as cable and door contacts. Initially, the company deployed business intelligence to analyze its sales and get a better understanding of its top-performing products. The use of data has expanded dramatically for CQR, and it now takes a data-driven approach to production performance management, inventory management and component purchasing decisions — to find more ways to drive efficiencies.

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Topics: Case Study, Industry - Manufacturing, Job Role - Sales, Job Role - IT, Job Role - Executive, ERP - Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Job Role - Inventory/Operations, Inventory Management

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Topics: Business Intelligence Basics, Job Role - IT, Job Role - Executive

Phocas makes it easy for Litex Industries to find hidden data

Litex Industries (Litex), designs, sources and manufactures ceiling fans, lighting fixtures and patio furniture for customers across America. The company sells thousands of products from dozens of vendors. So data analytics makes it easy to find the hidden data — to help people better understand why products may be trending down in sales or to address underperforming vendors and sales reps.

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Topics: Case Study, Job Role - Sales, Job Role - IT, Industry - Electrical, ERP - Infor, decision-making, ERP -JD Edwards Oracle

The cost of business intelligence and other myths

Even though the business world is abuzz with business intelligence tools  and the internet is filled with endless information about data and the results it can deliver, there are many organizations that don’t use BI. Perhaps it’s because people believe their current system works fine, or they think the cost of business intelligence is prohibitive, or maybe it’s about the complexity they think is involved in implementation. Whatever you reason, we challenge you to consider BI in different ways.

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Topics: Business Intelligence Basics, Job Role - IT, Strategy, Management and Performance, Job Role - Executive, decision-making

People power - Phocas grows to 200

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Topics: Job Role - Sales, Job Role - IT, data analytics, Culture

4 elements of an efficient business intelligence tool

There are so many business intelligence tools on the market, all promising a competitive edge for your business. A good start is ensuring the software is compatible with your ERP and the tool has built-in content relevant for your industry.  Most business people need access to data quickly so being able to rely on industry specific dashboards and metrics makes adoption across the business more accessible. To ensure your investment in business intelligence is future proof, we also have a 4 point checklist to consider.

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Topics: Business Intelligence Basics, Job Role - IT, business intelligence dashboards, data visualizations, Inventory Management, KPIs and metrics

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Business Intelligence (BI) helps decision makers understand how their business is performing. For many years, Phocas customers implemented BI predominately to generate revenue. Recently we're seeing a shift in the BI strategy to help people recognize real-time financial performance, reduce costs and improve operational efficiencies. This blog goes back to the basics of Business Intelligence to help business leaders understand the many uses of BI for their business.

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Topics: Business Intelligence Basics, Job Role - Finance, Job Role - IT, Dynamic reporting

Actionable information helps HVAC&R distributor make decisions

Gustave A. Larson Co is a leading distributor of commercial and residential HVAC parts and refrigeration equipment operating across 16 American states. Epicor Data Analytics (EDA) helps the business to leverage all of its ERP data as well as analyze call center logs, the IT helpdesk information and weather data. The EDA solution has sped up the delivery of actionable information across the business—helping everyone—make more timely and accurate decisions.

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Topics: Case Study, Job Role - Sales, Job Role - IT, Industry - HVAC/Plumbing, ERP - Epicor, decision-making

IFS ERP integrates with Phocas for fast and flexible data analytics

IFS Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software provider has partnered with Phocas software to deliver fast and flexible data analytics to IFS’ customers. Phocas comes as an out-of-the-box solution that integrates seamlessly with all versions of IFS ERP. Phocas is also an IFS Authorized Solutions Partner, which means the data analytics software has gone through rigorous evaluation to ensure interoperability. IFS selected Phocas for its ability to drive growth and accelerate success.

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Topics: Job Role - IT, Press release, ERP - IFS

Exception reporting is one of the reasons Savona selected Phocas BI

 

Savona, an independent British food distributor, wanted a BI tool that reviews sales information includes human resources data and brings together online and offline orders into one version of the truth. The team also plans to use the functionality in Phocas for the management of daily exception reporting to send to users rather than having it recreated in the ERP system. Exception reporting in Phocas highlights where actual results diverge significantly from the budget, usually in a negative way. Savona will use the outcomes to focus its team on the areas of its business that need immediate attention.

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Topics: Case Study, Industry - Food and Beverage, Industry - Wholesale Distribution, Job Role - Sales, Job Role - IT, Job Role - Inventory/Operations

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